One of the best things about living on the Eastside is that occasionally you’re able to find a place to go that seems so remote you would almost swear you were in the country and not in a city at all! Such is the case with the Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue, a quaint u-pick farm and produce stand off of 148th Ave SE and SE 8th St. Although it’s right next to one of the busiest streets in Bellevue, you’d never know it once you begin making your way into rows of blueberry bushes.
The Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm provides families (or fruit enthusiasts) with a fun and easy way to get your fill of blueberries, which are now in season. Once you arrive, hit the main stand, sign in, and grab as many buckets as you like. After that you can essentially go anywhere on the farm to pick your berries. There are rows and rows of blueberry bushes so you’re able to immerse yourself deep into the orchard and enjoy the peaceful surroundings as you find plenty of ripe blueberries to fill your bucket.
There is also a lovely trail that loops around Larsen Lake. The lake isn’t very big but is beautiful to see. At the moment it is full of water lilies and lily pads, which provide great photo ops for families and amusement for kiddos.
Once you’ve amassed all the blueberries you think you need for whatever treat you’re going to make (cobbler? pie? coffee cake? ice cream?) head back to the main stand. The blueberries are about $1.25 per pound making them insanely cheap! Be sure to browse through the offerings of other fruits and vegetables that are in season and for sale; it’s all fresh and at great prices.
The farm is open until October (but closed on Mondays). The next time you’re racking your brain for something to do with the kids, definitely head to Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm. If it’s raining, just tug on rain boots – it’s still fun!
Hours of operation:
Mid-June – October
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (reduced hours in October)
Information and product availability:
Farm – 425-260-2266
Bellevue Parks – 425-452-7225
Driving directions – From I-90, take 148th Avenue SE exit (BCC exit, 11B) north. Turn right into parking lot just past SE 8th Street.